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Expo Market, citing loss of business due to pandemic, closes in Downtown Buffalo

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Posted at 1:25 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 13:25:06-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another business in the restaurant and hospitality industry in Buffalo.

Expo Market, an upscale food hall that opened to much fanfare in 2016, is closing its doors due to a dramatic drop in business.

"Unfortunately, Expo Market will be closing for the foreseeable future due to the Covid-19 pandemic," operators announced on Facebook. "Rest assured we are all rooting for Downtown Buffalo to come back safer, healthier, and stronger than ever. It has been our absolute pleasure to serve you Buffalo."

Expo, located on Main Street in the theatre district, depended heavily on the downtown lunch crowd to be successful. But with the majority of downtown office workers now working from home, most of the food hall's business has dried up.

The massive space, which features storefronts facing both Main Street and Washington Street, has attracted a number of restaurant tenants over the years. Expo's more than four-year run, with its mix of about a half-dozen food options, proved to be the most successful.